Somaiya Kala Vidya Academy

Empowers traditional artisans through education, training and preservation of their craft

  • Bronze Certified 2023
  • FCRA
  • 80G
  • 12A
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  • Headquarters

    Kachchh, Gujarat

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Somaiya Kala Vidya, a division of Somaiya Vidyavihar, focuses on providing education and support to traditional artisans of Kutch. It offers design an Read mored business education tailored to the artisans' existing traditions and lifestyles. The institution aims to preserve and protect traditional arts by empowering artisans with knowledge and skills in design, business, and management. By separating design and execution, Somaiya Kala Vidya introduces "design intervention" to help artisans adapt to new markets and increase the value of their craft. Through respect, sharing, and mutual learning, the institution works to raise the standard of living and economic status of artisans while strengthening the vitality and viability of crafts in national and international markets. Somaiya Vidyavihar, the parent organization of Somaiya Kala Vidya, is an educational complex with multiple institutions covering various fields of education. It was established in 1959 by Shri K. J. Somaiya, who had a vision of providing quality education to shape young minds. With a wide range of disciplines and a vibrant campus, Somaiya Vidyavihar serves thousands of students and employs a dedicated faculty and staff.

Demographies Served


  • Design Programme


    The Design Programme at Somaiya Kala Vidya offers an eleven-month course that equips artisan students with essential design skills and knowledge. The course is structured with sequential class sessions and individual mentoring, allowing students to apply their learnings to their ongoing work. The faculty includes professional design educators and experienced artisan graduates, supplemented by guest speakers, field trips, and abundant resources. The curriculum focuses on recognizing traditional aesthetics, manipulating design elements, market segmentation, visual communication, collaboration, and presentation skills. The course culminates in a final collection showcase and a convocation sale, followed by ten months of mentoring to support students in implementing their newfound skills into their business and work.

  • Business Programme


    The Business Programme at Somaiya Kala Vidya is an eleven-month course that equips artisan designer students with essential business and management skills. It includes creating collections, developing strategies, financial management, production planning, sales optimization, and organizing exhibitions. The course aims to develop research, financial literacy, leadership, and communication skills. Evaluation is done through sales and an oral examination. After the course, students receive ten months of mentoring to implement the learned concepts and showcase their capacity as Artisan Designer BMAs in the Convocation Mela.

  • Learn Textile Programme


    Somaiya Kala Vidya offers a diverse range of textile learning activities. Artisans can learn traditional weaving on a pit loom, incorporating ornamental extra wefts. Block printing is taught with resist techniques using wooden blocks to create intricate patterns. The art of batik involves swift application of wax with wooden blocks for light-on-dark designs. Bandhani, or shibori, teaches tie-dyeing with knots to achieve a dotted pattern. Natural dyeing with substances like indigo and madder requires knowledge of chemistry and mordants. Various embroidery styles, such as Rabari, Suf, Garasia Jat, and Pako, are taught with intricate stitching and mirror work. Additionally, artisans can learn patchwork and appliqué techniques to create larger textile products.

  • Outreach Programme

    Somaiya Kala Vidya conducts impactful outreach projects, empowering artisans across different regions. In the Bhujodi to Bagalkot project, weavers from both regions collaborated to innovate designs for new markets, preserving traditions. The Faradi to Lucknow initiative focused on women artisans in chikan embroidery, teaching them design to enhance their work. Outreach projects like Kutch to Kumaon and Kutch to Ladakh introduced design education and innovation opportunities to artisan communities. These initiatives promote collaboration, skill development, and market access, fostering the preservation and growth of traditional crafts.

Leadership Team

  • Nishit Sangomla


  • Judy Frater


  • Samir S Somaiya


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  • Registration ID

    E-7405 / Ahmedabad

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  • 12A


  • 80G


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    Not Available


  • Headquarters

    SDB 41/42 Opposite Hari Om Trust Hospital, Adipur, Kachchh, 370205

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  • Parent Organisation

    K. J. Somaiya Gujarat Trust

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